Jeremy Steinbacher

Associate Professor Materials Chemistry

Ph.D., Cornell University
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College 2343 Office: HO 306

Dr. Steinbacher graduated with a B.A. degree in chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College in 2003. He entered graduate school in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, working with Prof. D. Tyler McQuade. After transferring to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in 2005, Jeremy attained his M.S. in chemistry in 2006 and defended his Ph.D. research in July 2008. Jeremy then started an NIEHS postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont in the laboratories of Prof. Christopher C. Landry and Prof. Brooke T. Mossman. He researched the use of porous microparticles as drug-delivery agents for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. In the summer of 2011 he began his independent career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Canisius College and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. As the interdisciplinary chemist, Jeremy’s teaching interests include general, organic, and materials/biomaterials chemistry. He incorporates active learning into his classes as much as possible to promote critical thinking and constructivist learning. His research interests continue to be advanced materials for the treatment of cancer, particularly particle-based drug-delivery agents, “smart” contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging, bionanoscience, and functional polymers with novel architectures.


  • National Science Foundation Grant, DMR 1410387, sole PI. "RUI: Development of Multifunctional Fluorine MRI Contrast Agents Based on Porous Silica Nanoparticles"
  • National Science Foundation Grant, CHE 1229021, Co-PI. “MRI: Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer to Enhance Undergraduate and Faculty Research”
  • Faculty Travel Award, Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Franklin & Marshall College


Canisius Undergraduates in Bold

J.J. Kasper, J.E. Hitro, S.R. Fitzgerald, J.M. Schnitter, J.J. Rutowski, J.A. Heck, and J.L. Steinbacher, “A Library of Fluorinated Electrophiles for Chemical Tagging and Materials Synthesis.” J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81, 8095.

S.A. Macura, J.L. Steinbacher, et al. “Microspheres Targeted With a Mesothelin Antibody and Loaded With Doxorubicin Reduce Tumor Volume of Human Mesotheliomas in Xenografts.” BMC Cancer 2013, 13, 400.

J.L. Steinbacher and C.C. Landry. “Adsorption and Release of siRNA from Porous Silica.” Langmuir 2014, 30, 4396.

J.L. Steinbacher, S.A. Lathrop, K. Cheng, J.M. Hillegass, K.J. Butnor, R.A. Kauppinen, B.T. Mossman, and C.C. Landry. “Gd-Labeled Microparticles in MRI: In Vivo Imaging of Microparticles after Intraperitoneal Injection.” Small 2010, 6, 2678.

J.L. Steinbacher, R.W.Y. Moy, K.E. Price, M.A. Cummings, C. Roychowdhury, J.J. Buffy, W.L. Olbricht, M. Haaf, and D.T. McQuade. “Rapid self-assembly of core-shell organosilicon microcapsules within a microfluidic device.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 9442.